Telly for Anglophiles | Being Human
Being Human is a British supernatural drama television series. It was created and written by Toby Whithouse and is currently broadcast on BBC Three. The show blends elements of flatshare comedy and horror drama. It originally starred Lenora Crichlow as Annie Sawyer (a ghost), Russell Tovey as George Sands (a werewolf) and Aidan Turner as John Mitchell (a vampire) — all of whom are sharing accommodation and attempting as best as they can to live a “normal” life and blend in with the ordinary humans around them. In the third, Sinead Keenan became part of the main cast. In the fourth series, following the departure of Turner and Keenan and, shortly after, Tovey, the ensemble was joined by Michael Socha and Damien Molony. The first two series were set in in Totterdown, Bristol, and the third series onwards relocated to Barry, Wales.
On 13 March 2011, series creator Toby Whithouse announced that Turner had left the show and that new characters would be introduced. On 11 November 2011, Russell Tovey announced that he was leaving Being Human after the first episode of Series 4 to work full-time on his other show, Him & Her.Furthermore, Keenan announced on the 9th January 2012 that she had not filmed any scenes for Series 4, and would exit the show off-screen. Joining the cast of series four are Michael Socha who featured in series three and has now been upgraded to a series regular as werewolf Tom, and Damien Molony as new vampire Hal.
The series is one of the most popular shows on BBC’s iPlayer. The second series premiered on BBC Three on 10 January 2010. The third series launched on 23 January 2011. The day following the final broadcast in series 3, the BBC announced a fourth series would premiere on the BBC in 2012. Series 4 commenced airing on BBC Three on Sunday 5th February 2012. The BBC Media Centre announced a fifth series has been confirmed.